Second Malawi symposium promotes One Health in research and academia

Pamela Wairagala, Florence Mutua and Catherine Wood
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Stakeholders and partners in the human, animal and environmental health sectors in Malawi have renewed their commitment to collaborate more in a bid to promote the adoption of the One Health approach to address health and sustainable development challenges in the country. The partners, drawn from the academia, public and private sector as well as the civil society were convening from the 7-8th May 2024 for the second Malawi One Health symposium held at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) under the theme ‘Advancing One Health: Integrating food safety and environmental health in Malawi’. 

An assessment of the One Health landscape in Malawi conducted by the Capacitating One Health in Eastern and Southern Africa (COHESA) project in 2022 - 2023 found that almost all existing One Health platforms in government, academia, and the private sector were informal, although in some cases stakeholders collaborated in coordination of activities, research, and some degree of policymaking.

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